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The Boston Globe Quotes Alicia Downey on Staples/Office Depot Acquisition News

Alicia Downey was quoted in a recent article by Boston Globe business reporter Jon Chesto–“Amazon’s rise could help pave the way for Staples-Office Depot merger, finally.” Chesto’s article discusses the risk of an antitrust challenge to Staples’s proposed acquisition of Office Depot years after the FTC blocked a similar deal: “Alicia Downey, a Boston antitrust lawyer, said she’s not aware of any radical shift in how the FTC analyzes these deals in the past five years. Downey fully expects Staples will revive the argument about the threat posed by Amazon and other big retailers expanding into the office-supplies game. It’s not just the shift online, Downey said, but also the changing market as companies conduct more of their business digitally.”

Alicia Downey Produces Podcast and Video Tributes to Women Trailblazers

The Women.Connected Committee of the ABA Antitrust Law Section recently inducted four prominent women in the field of antitrust into its “Hall of Fame-inism.” How did they overcome career challenges and gender bias to make it to the top of their field? In this episode of Our Curious Amalgam, co-hosts Alicia Downey and Christine Ma interview Margaret Guerin-Calvert, Deborah Majoras, Lisa Phelan, and Bonny Sweeney about how they achieved (and continue to achieve) professional success and what more can be done to advance women within the antitrust bar. Listen to or download the episode here to learn how each of these role models forged her own path to a fulfilling career in antitrust. Alicia also put together video tributes for playback at the virtual award ceremony on November 10, 2020. The videos are posted on the Antitrust Law Section’s YouTube page here.

Our Curious Amalgam Podcast Hosted by Alicia Downey: How Was the Case Won? The Processed Egg Products Antitrust Trials

Antitrust class actions are rarely tried all the way through to a jury verdict. Alicia Downey hosts an episode of Our Curious Amalgam to find out how a team of lawyers from Columbus, Ohio and Washington, D.C. won defense verdicts in not one, but two antitrust trials in an 18-month period. Alicia and co-host John Roberti interview the team leaders, Jim King and Jay Levine, and their younger colleagues about the lessons they learned and the most memorable moments in the courtroom. Listen to or download this episode here to catch up with a case that has been ongoing since 2008, with yet more twists and turns to come.

Our Curious Amalgam is the official podcast of the Antitrust Law Section of the American Bar Association. Each episode explores topics in antitrust, competition, consumer protection, data protection, and privacy law around the world with leading experts in those areas. It is an amalgam because it is a group of diverse topics all in one place. It is curious because it gets the experts and asks them in-depth questions.

Alicia Downey Hosts Anniversary Show for “Our Curious Amalgam” Podcast

On September 28, 2020, Alicia Downey co-hosted a special episode of Our Curious Amalgam, the ABA Section of Antitrust Law’s weekly podcast. In this special one-year anniversary episode, Alicia interviews Brian Henry, immediate past chair of the ABA Antitrust Law Section, and John Roberti, the regular co-host of OCA, about how they created a podcast from scratch, including the origin story of the show’s “curious” name. Listen or download the episode here.

Alicia Downey Included in 2021 Best Lawyers in America

Best Lawyers in America© has again included Alicia Downey among the top antitrust lawyers in the U.S. and metropolitan Boston. Alicia has been recognized for her antitrust work in every annual edition of Best Lawyers since 2010.